Manuscripts

by Gavin Finlay The American Civil War of 1861-65 is one of modern history’s most catastrophic conflicts. With approximately 750,000 fatalities and 400,000 wounded, it remains the deadliest war in US history. Yet relatively little is known in Ireland, or indeed officially recognised here, in this the sesquicentennial of the war, that it was also [...]

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by Élodie Lévêque, Project Conservator An extraordinary manuscript collection; the Ormond Collection has been called the ‘most important Anglo-Norman family archive in Ireland’. It encompasses almost 700 years of Irish history, from the first influx of Norman settlers, to the workings of the feudal system, and the Butler family lordship of almost half of Ireland. [...]

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by Frances Clarke, Archivist of the Seamus Heaney Literary Papers, 1963-2010 In November 2011 the National Library of Ireland acquired one of its most important donations for many years – the literary papers of the Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney. The papers have since been catalogued (I was fortunate to work on this collection) and are [...]

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